22-year-old US Army Sergeant Clinton K. Ruiz from California, was killed in action along with another US Army NCO on 25th October 2012 in Oruzgan Province when their unit was attacked by enemy forces.
Sgt. Ruiz served with the
9th Military Information Support Battalion (Airborne) based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He joined the Army in May 2009. On completion of his training he attended the Psychological Operations Advanced Individual Training and
Korean Language School at Ft. Bragg, and graduated in August 2010. He deployed to Afghanistan in September this year.
His medals and honours include the Bronze Star, the Purple
Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghan Campaign Star, the
Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Army Service
Ribbon and the Parachutist Badge.
He leaves his wife Kira and his 14-month-old son Caleb, along with many other relatives and friends.
The other soldier killed was Staff Sergeant
Kashif M. Memon.